BM#99 Day 7 -

The beginning of a new week and here is G for Ghee rice. A simple, flavorful rice which wins hearts.

During our growing up years, mom used to feed us 'neyyanam' meaning Ghee rice and it used to be a simple rice, ghee and salt. Now I see that there is a whole variety of ghee rice recipes to woo the kids, so to say.

There is a saying 'Ghritena vardhate Buddhihi', meaning consumption of Ghee improves the brain. Elders at home say ghee should be given to kids under 8 for their better brain development.

Anyway today's recipe is just as easy and flavorful.

Ingredients - 

Basmati Rice 2 cups, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
Ghee / Clarified Butter 3 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Cinnamon 2 inch piece 
Cloves  6-8
Cardamoms 4-5
Star Anise 1
Ginger-Garlic Paste 2 tsp
Onions, sliced 1 cup
Mint leaves, finely chopped 1 Tbsp
salt to taste
For The Garnish
Fried Onions as needed
Fried cashews as needed 
Fried Raisins as needed

Method Of Preparation -

Place the inner pot of the Instant pot in place and switch on the power. Set it to Saute mode.

When the display changes to Hot, add the ghee, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, ginger and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.

Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes or until they turn translucent.

Add the rice, 3½ cups of water, chopped mint leaves and salt, mix well.

Change the mode to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' , set the valve to sealing position. Set the time to 4 minutes.

Quick Release the pressure after 10 minutes.

Separate each grain of rice lightly with a fork.

Serve warm garnished with fried onions fried raisins and fried cashews.

I served it with Mirchi Ka Salan.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

Preparation Time 40 minutes
Serves 5-6


  1. sushma Says:
  2. Ghee rice sounds interesting. I don't eat ghee but my kids would love it. Will have make this dish for them. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. I guess neyennam happens to be the first solid food fed to kids in our areas though commercial brand cereals beat tgem now. Ghee rice with oodles of flavor happens to be one fine base for spicy gravies.

  5. Love ghee rice.. This simple rice definitely delicious with some spicy curry!!

  6. I love your garnish. It just takes the ghee rice to another level. While growing up, this was my favorite type of biryani.

  7. Srividhya Says:
  8. Mirch ka salan and ghee rice wow wow wow food heaven for sure. Simple yet fabulous.

  9. I fell in love with this simple but yet exotic rice the first time I ate them recently in Kerala . They taste amazing on their own and of course can be teamed up with just about any curry .
    I see that you have served them beautifully and I feel like eating some right from that bowl .

  10. Kalyani Says:
  11. my kids too love the neyyannam / uppu-neyyi saadam with fresh hot rice and some ghee +salt . the commercial ghee rice made in restauratns has been replicated here, Harini ! and the salan is a perfect dish with that..

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. Harini, the rice is so beautifully presented. Yes this is the simplest yet tastes so yummy right!

  14. Sowmya :) Says:
  15. Harini that ghee rice looks so tempting. You have nailed the texture of the rice. It looks absolutely delightful!

  16. Pavani Says:
  17. Wow, that ghee rice looks very tempting! I too made ghee rice for the marathon! Lovely share

  18. cookwithrenu Says:
  19. Ghee is very good for health sadly we are trying to replace it at times. Love how flavourful this rice would be with the addition of ghee.

  20. Swati Says:
  21. Beautiful presentation Harini..a simple yet so flavourful hat can be paired with any curry of choice!!

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